To develop measurement and metrics to quantify performance of the Internet from the Customer viewpoint, NIST/ITL joined Cross Industry Working Team (XIWT), consisting of the leading U.S. computer and communication companies. The initial driver was "service level agreements." NIST became a monitoring site to collect data on "round trip delays and packet loss" of Unix Ping Packets exchanged among the participating organizations. The monitoring and data collection role is subsequently transferred to CNRI (Corporation for National Research Initiatives), the administrative organization for XIWT. Since behavior of the Internet is statistical in nature, SED started collaborating with XIWT jointly with ITL Advanced Network Technologies Division. ANTD and SED jointly made a successful proposal to DARPA. The project began with the DARPA funding starting in March, 2000.
As part of a DARPA sponsored project, the SED work is one of the three elements. The SED element involves providing Web based capabilities for exploratory data analysis, doing research on statistical modeling, and contributing to collaborative research among XIWT member companies. This is a very dynamic and fast moving business. The priorities in XIWT are evolving with the interests of the participants. We see XIWT as the driver and SED as supporting the industry initiatives.
ITL has performed the following work for this project.
The collaborators are XIWT member companies. Work is coordinated by CNRI. They have performed the following work for this project.